On Oct. 2, agents with the Columbus-Lowndes joint narcotics task force executed a search warrant on a 10th Avenue South residence and recovered approximately 20 pounds -- or $46,000 worth -- of marijuana alone.
Columbus may lose its credit rating by the end of the month due to delayed disclosure of its Fiscal Year 2019 audit report, according to an Oct. 1 press release from Moody's Investors Service, a rating agency that assesses the city's borrowing credibility each year.
Linda Brown, event coordinator for Life Church, said the church's motivation for its pumpkin patch is to bring the community together, but first they'll have to bring the pumpkin patch together. The "patch" is all set up at the church's property on Frontage Road just east of the Highway 82 exit for Golden Triangle Regional Airport. The "pumpkins," however, are in New Mexico.
Lowndes County officials may soon receive the go-ahead from Mississippi Department of Archives and History to move the Confederate monument on the courthouse lawn to Friendship Cemetery, according to county engineer Bob Calvert and MDAH officials.
Columbus Police Department issues dominated Tuesday night's city council meeting, which ended with three patrol officers appearing before the council in executive session for apparent violations of the department's body camera policy.
Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves allowed the statewide face mask mandate to expire on Sept. 30. In three weeks since, local mask requirements that remained in place since the governor's action have generally been accepted as a fact of life among businesses in Columbus and Starkville during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wayne Smith isn't sure how aware his dad is aware of COVID-19. It wouldn't be the first time William "Jack" Smith was unaware of a global pandemic. Born in 1917, Jack Smith was a year old when the Spanish Flu devastated the United States and Europe, claiming an estimated 50 million lives.
When Julia Chavez walked into the Lowndes County Adult Detention Center one Friday night in 2016, the sound of the jail door clicking made her stomach flip, she said.
After two decades working at Golden Triangle Radiology, Lee Hackett is used to being in close proximity to other people's breast cancer diagnoses. But she never expected to receive her own diagnosis, she said, until it happened 10 years ago when she was 54.
After serving on the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors for just 10 months, District 2's Trip Hairston will soon become the board's president. John Holliman, who represents District 3 and has acted as president for almost four months, amended Thursday's meeting agenda and quietly nominated Hairston to the role.
The Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees approved an independent audit for the year ending on June 30, 2019, during Wednesday's meeting, a report that listed a handful of minor irregularities that have been addressed.
Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith allowed no political space between her and President Donald Trump during her speech at Tuesday's Lowndes County Republican Women luncheon.
Lowndes County School District administrators plan to expand the district's Wi-Fi through parking lots and sports facilities within the next year, allowing members of the community -- and especially students -- to access the district's internet outside class.
Columbus Municipal School District hopes to reopen the Hunt campus -- destroyed by the February 2019 tornado -- as Hunt Experience Center in 2022, with a focus on both technology-assisted learning and hands-on workforce development, Superintendent Cherie Labat told The Dispatch.
Terrell Warren thought he had left his basketball days behind him. He moved to the Golden Triangle to "get away and start fresh" after playing high school basketball in his hometown of Birmingham. He attended Mississippi State University and then worked for Steel Dynamics in Lowndes County for 12 years. He has lived in Columbus since 2009 and is raising four children with his wife, Tiffany.
At a meeting that barely had a quorum, the Lowndes County School District Board moved briskly through a light agenda but did take the first steps in reducing its bond debt.
On Monday, a day after a fire destroyed a church on North Lehmberg Road, Columbus Police Chief Fred Shelton did something he admits investigators rarely do: He recommended the teenage boy accused of setting the blaze be charged as an adult.
Tee Pittman remembers the day all too well. After a regular check up with her obstetrician gynecologist in May 2003, Pittman was pestered by her doctor about getting a mammogram. That very same day, if possible.
The effects of COVID-19 are not limited to illness or death, but manifest in ways that impact even those who never test positive.
Columbus Municipal School District Superintendent Cherie Labat addresses a group of local and state officials during the unveiling of a monument commemorating the 155th anniversary of Union Academy, the first public school for Black residents in Lowndes County, on Wednesday.
Columbus City Council unanimously approved Tuesday night several changes in the police department's policy that established a schedule for on-call officers at its criminal investigation division (CID) and articulated the chain of command and the no-drinking rule while on duty.
1. Witnesses describe deception, push for 'obedience' from Second Baptist pastor STARKVILLE & OKTIBBEHA COUNTY
2. City converts all debt to private, risking credit rating, transparency COLUMBUS & LOWNDES COUNTY
3. Building on increased arrests and seizures, joint drug task force to continue COLUMBUS & LOWNDES COUNTY